Ok. So, you want to know how mod theft works within the Farming Simulator community? Well, I’ll give you one example. This is how scumbags are making money illegally on mods posted on the official Modhub that Giants Software operates.
Let’s use the Silo Displays mod by GtX as an example. It was published on December 2, 2019, in the afternoon, Central European Time. When you download it from Giants’ modhub, you’re getting it straight from Giants’ servers.
Soon after, and we’re talking minutes here, the mod showed up on sites like farmingsimulator19mods.com.
This is how farmingsimulator19mods.com steals the mod:
- The owner of that site downloads the mod from Giants’ servers.
- He then uploads the mod to a file host that pays uploaders money (modsfile.com) without permission from Giants, nor GtX.
- Now, he makes a post about it on his webpage with a link to modsfile.com.
Every time someone downloads the mod from modsfile.com, the owner of farmingsimulator19mods.com makes money. And the modder, GtX? He doesn’t make a dime from downloads from that server.
But the mod thieves are not only stealing mods. They top it off by stealing all the content, as well. When you compare the images and text on Giants mod page, with what you see on farmingsimulator19mods.com, you’ll notice that both the text and pictures have been plagiarized. This is the case with 99 % of all the content on these sites.
Not only is it content theft. It’s also a violation of the terms for Google Adsense, which most of these sites rely upon for making money.
So, to summarize:
- Sites like farmingsimulator19mods.com steal mods.
- The owners make money on those stolen mods by sharing them on file hosts that pay uploaders.
- They also steal content, like text and images, that are used on their sites.
In other words, they are stealing money from the modders while scamming advertisers by offering no original content.
Here’s a list of sites that operates the same way that farmingsimulator19mods.com does:
There are more than 30 sites stealing mods and content. Sure, go ahead and keep on downloading from these sites. Just know that you’re getting stolen property. And you are making modders quit modding.
If you, instead, want to download mods legally, take a look at this page for sites that respect modders and other content creators.